How safe is your sport of choice?

different_sports_cropped_and_coloured_header_for_sector[1].jpgHow safe is your sport of choice?

If you or your child is actively playing a sport, you should know the risks and be prepared for any medical treatment that might be needed as a result of an injury. Good, solid health insurance will make paying for injuries a bit better, but knowing the potential risks and costs up front is smart. For questions on health insurance, please visit the SCDOI website. 

Visits to emergency departments for concussions, especially among children, are on the rise according to a new study.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics these serious visits have doubled for children 8 to 13 and increased over 200% for young adults (age 14 to 19).

Hard hits to the head are potentially very dangerous and when left undetected and untreated concussions can result in long-term brain damage. In extreme cases they can be fatal.

“While the first hit can prove problematic, the second or third head impact can cause permanent long-term brain damage,” according to an article published by HeadCase.  “Cumulative sports concussions are shown to increase the likelihood of catastrophic head injury leading to permanent neurologic disability by 39%.”

It is important to know the signs of a serious head injury.

These include:

  • Unconsciousness.
  • Inability to remember the cause of the injury or events that occurred immediately before
  • or up to 24 hours after.
  • Confusion and disorientation.
  • Difficulty remembering new information.
  • Headache.
  • Dizziness.
  • Blurry vision.
  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Ringing in the ears.
  • Trouble speaking coherently.
  • Changes in emotions or sleep patterns.

If you suspect an injury, seek medical help immediately.

So how safe is the sport that you or your child plays?

Here are the top ten most dangerous sports for concussion-related injuries, according to Insurance Information Institute.

  1. 12% Ice Hockey
  2. 10% Snowboarding
  3. 9% Water Tubing
  4. 8% Football
  5. 8% Lacrosse
  6. 7% Horseback Riding
  7. 7% Rugby
  8. 7% Wrestling
  9. 6% Soccer
  10. 6% Cheerleading

While concussions and other traumatic brain injuries are a concern, it should also be noted that South Carolina ranks in the top five for most water related deaths and accidents. In 2017 there were 151 accidents, 13 deaths, 85 people injured and just under $3,000 worth of property damage caused by watercraft accidents.

For sports injuries in general, According to the National Safety Council (NSC) basketball was the most dangerous sport in 2015, with 493,011 injuries reported followed by biking, with 488,123 injuries, and football, with 399,873 injuries.

This year, be aware of the dangers associated with your sport of choice. Choose well reviewed protective gear where needed, and always practice safety within the game.

And for those unfortunate moments when accidents do occur, be sure to have health insurance for you and your dependents.

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